Over the past few years I have been working on a new way to create small paintings. People seem to be downsizing and moving into smaller and smaller homes, offices and buildings. After dragging around a room full of paintings in boxes, I decided to only focus on painting smaller and smaller paintings. This was more difficult than I had anticipated, and took much longer then I ever dreamed. In a sense, it was like learning to paint all over again, as brush strokes are different, as well as types of textures that work best.
I painted the ‘Abstracted Northern Lights’ in oil on a small piece of canvas paper. This held the oil well, and works best for presentation. As the painting will not be stretched over wood, the surface needed to hold its own strength. The Northern Lights are bounding off the dark hills that surround the land like sunbeams into the night sky.
The painting is about 2 x 3 inches, slightly smaller than what is shown here. Developing new ways to do things is sometimes the best option for many aspects of life.
Sometimes we cling to the old way of doing things because it is familiar to us, not necessarily always a good choice. When we reach into our bag of options, which we often overlook, there is usually something peering out but ignored.
Trying something new can help develop that skill, it might be something you have never even consider in the past. Now is always a great time to give another perspective a chance. Its not always easy to take that first step into the unknown, in fact, it is often very scary. But with out taking that step, there is no other way to find something new.
This little painting took a very long journey to arrive, and I am glad that I allowed the time to let it unfold.
Taking time to develop a new skill, explore new concepts and ideas is one of the most amazing ways to increase your knowledge and understanding of life.
Trying something new is a great way to develop your own likes and dislikes, there is no age limit on trying something new.
If not now, when?